A lot of people dream of becoming a doctor. I think it must have crossed a third of the population’s minds at one point or another in their lives. They had a vision of themselves running around in a lab coat, transplanting hearts, testing tumors, delivering babies, and being paged with emergencies.
They already imagined themselves covered in blood, suturing wounds, and saving the life of an important ambassador. But not a third of the population are doctors. Because more than a third of the population find a reason (or excuse) why medical school won’t work for them.
It wouldn’t fit with their lives because they want to start a family, or they don’t think they are smart enough, or (enter excuse here). And there goes another potential doctor. One who could have eased extreme pain. One who could have healed many souls. One who literally could have saved many lives.
What happens to the dream then? It is forgotten. It is forgotten under a pile of a person’s busy life. A spark that is only remembered in the doctor’s office, and on the street when someone who is wearing scrubs walks down the block. That makes that long forgotten dream burn. A tiny burn in the chest. If medical school is not an option for you, that doesn’t mean that your dream has to be let go of. That spark could be converted into something real.
Even if you originally wanted to be a surgeon, if that didn’t happen, maybe you don’t have to be this idolized transplant surgeon. Maybe a surgical technologist is something worth settling for. It’s not idolized, but it is respected. Or even an applauded phlebotomist, because half a dream is better than no dream.
Explore your options in an Allied Health career.
People who work in Allied Health work together, and assist physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Some reasons why it may easily work for you:
- Many courses do not require an undergraduate degree
- Tuition is affordable
- Shorter years of training means you can start a job right away
- A lot of programs have flexible hours
- There is an increasing demand–the world wants you
- Not all states and positions require certification
- Some programs don’t even require a high school diploma!
- You can start at any point in your life
Allied Health is anything in the field of healthcare excluding medicine, pharmacy, and nursing. They can work together to help diagnose and treat patients.
Examples of careers in Allied Health:
- Phlebotomy Technician
Phlebotomists can work in a lab, hospital, or physicians’s office (as well as other healthcare facilities, like blood banks), where they specialize in drawing blood under another healthcare professional’s supervision. An average training program, which can be taken straight out of high school, takes 4-8 months to complete; some programs can even be completed in as little as 2-4 weeks.
- Surgical Technologist
They get to work every day in the desired operating room to assist the surgeons. A surgical tech might want to “upgrade” his/her career to a surgical assistant after a few years of experience. They are also responsible to prepare the patient and the room for surgery. It is an amazing alternative for someone who was interested in becoming a surgeon.
EMTs are those who arrive at the scene of an emergency. They care for the patient in the ambulance until they are transferred to a hospital. They have to be quick and capable of working under stressful and unstable situations. An EMT’s first quick decision sometimes if the reason for the survival of the patient. It’s an interesting and rewarding job for someone who likes to stay active.
- Dental Hygienist
- Dialysis Technician
- Laboratory Technologist
- Medical Assistant
- Occupational Therapist
- Pharmacy Technician
- Physician’s Assistant
- Radiologic Technologist
- Respiratory Therapist
Explore your options and settle for an alternative if medical school is not something you can do.
Don’t dispose of that dream.
Written by: Bruchy Green